Vocations Discernment Group

The Vocations Discernment Group was established by Mgr John Armitage in 2009 and continues to grow and develop. Our next meeting is on Friday 13th February, where we will share a Café DVD about Consecrated Life; Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests share their story & ministry. A DVD to inspire – come and see.

What is the group for?

When we meet, the group offers the chance to be with other young adults (aged 17-35) who are asking themselves the question, “Who am I called to be, by God?” “What am I called to do, by God?” It is open to anyone, and there is no presumption that you will enter Priesthood or Religious Life – it is precisely what it says it is, a group to help discernment. That means, a group where you will hear people speak about what inspired them to choose their particular vocation, a group where you will be in the company of people who are asking the questions that you are asking, and a group where the style is informal, friendly, welcoming and gentle. You will not be expected to share your story, or be “put on the spot” in any way.

What happens on a typical evening?

We usually gather at about 7.15 for a 7.30 start. We have a guest speaker – a Priest or Religious who tells their story. Over the last few years that has included Fr Graham Smith, Sr Teresa Lenehan, Fr Paul Keane, Sr Wahlburga, Mgr John Armitage, Fr Martin Boland, Fr Tom Jordan, Fr Bob Hamill, Fr Hugh Allen, Sr Anne Spilberg, Fr James Mackay, Bishop Thomas Mcmahon and many more. The speaker chats for about 25 minutes or so, then there is a chance for questions and discussion. We have a fish and chip supper, then night prayer and Adoration for a short while, and the evening usually ends at about 9.15pm.

How do I get involved?

It helps if you chat with the Vocations Director before coming to the group, so that you can be sure it is right for you. To contact Fr Graham call 01277 362645 or email [email protected].